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Posted October 12, 2012

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(Nashville, Tenn.) October 12, 2012ó12 Gifts announces its first tour offering with ì12 Gifts of Christmasî presented by World Vision, a 12-city, 3-hour evening arena event focused on the meaning, the magic and the music of Christmas hosted by Lisa Whelchel of CBSí ìSurvivor: Philippinesî and ìThe Facts of Life,î with GRAMMYÆ award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story, storytellers Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg and Mary Beth Chapman, comedienne Anita Renfroe and illusionist Harris III. The tour kicks off Nov. 29 in Omaha, Neb. Tickets are on-sale now at or by calling (866) 440-7880 and are available in individual and group pricing.

"I love Christmas but Iím even more excited than usual about Christmas 2012," said Whelchel, "because I get to spend it with some of the most talented Christian performers on the planet. Doesnít that sound heavenly? I hope everyone will come and be a part of the 12 Gifts--it is all about celebrating Jesus with your whole family."

"12 Gifts of Christmas" is a brand new event for families and an opportunity to bring families together as they celebrate the Christmas season, according to 12 Gifts.

"12 Gifts of Christmas is centered around the Christmas story," said Rob Olds, president of 12 Gifts. "In one fast-paced and varied evening, audiences will enjoy music presented by Dove and GRAMMY-winning artists, fun and laughter with a comedian whoís also a YouTube phenomenon, magic and wonder with an illusionist and meaningful stories of Christmas told by the best story-tellers. Our hope is the audience will leave encouraged and reminded of the incredible gifts brought by this wonderful time of year."

The dates, markets and venues for the 12 Gifts of Christmas arena tour are:

Nov. 29, 2012 - Omaha, Neb. - Omaha Civic Center
Nov. 30, 2012 - Moline, Ill. - i wireless Arena
Dec. 1, 2012 - St. Louis, Mo. - Family Arena**
Dec. 2, 2012 - Tulsa, Okla. - Mabee Center**
Dec. 5, 2012 - Denver, Col. - Denver Coliseum
Dec. 6, 2012 - Wichita, Kan. - Hartman Arena
Dec. 7, 2012 - Norman, Okla. - Lloyd Noble Arena
Dec. 8, 2012 - Springfield, Mo. - John Q Hammons Arena
Dec. 13, 2012 - Reading, Pa. - Sovereign Center
Dec. 14, 2012 - Baltimore, Md. - First Mariner Arena
Dec. 15, 2012 - Greensboro, N.C. - Greensboro Coliseum
Dec. 16, 2012 - Duluth, Ga. - Gwinnett Center

(**Event will be recorded for nationwide in-theater event.)

"Family and friends getting together, catching up, telling storiesóthat's one of the true highlights of Christmas for me every year,î said Chapman. ìThis year, Mary Beth and I are looking forward to adding the stories of our 12 Gifts 'tour family' to our Christmas traditions, and I'll be sharing some of our story through music from Joy as well. I'm looking forward to it."

"Christmas is the most wonderful time of year and the craziest," said Renfroe. "It's also the time of year when we can choose between hilarity and insanity. I'm turning cartwheels (well, in my mind) to be a part of 12 Gifts tour to purvey some joy to the world this holiday season."

"12 Gifts of Christmas" will present a one-time only, "12 Gifts of Christmas" NCM Fathom Event in select movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, Dec.11, 2012. Further details will be released in November. For more information on the theater event visit

"Who doesn't love Christmas?" said Clairmont. "The lights, the presents and especially the gatherings. That is just one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to sharing in the 12 Gifts of Christmas this year. So pack up the family. Climb in the sleigh and join the festivities."

For more information on "12 Gifts of Christmas," go to, 12 Gifts Tour on Facebook, and @12GiftsTour on Twitter.

About Lisa Whelchel:
Lisa Whelchel is perhaps best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBCís ìThe Facts of Lifeî for nine years. After that, Lisa left show business to take on her favorite role of all: mom to Tucker, Haven and Clancy. During those years, she also authored 15 books, including ìCreative Correctionî and her latest, ìFriendship for Grownups.î Lisa can currently be seen on televisionís ìSurvivorî on CBS Wednesday nights.

About Steven Curtis Chapman:
Steven Curtis Chapman has sold more than ten million records including two RIAA certified Platinum albums and eight RIAA certified Gold albums. Along with his five GRAMMYÆ Awards, Chapman has won an American Music Award, recorded 46 No. 1 US radio hits including one in each decade since the 1980s and been awarded 57 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date. Since his recording career began in 1987, Chapman has recorded 17 projects with Sparrow Records. Chapmanís brand new Christmas project, Joy, released Oct. 16, 2012. Chapman has performed at the White House and has appeared on multiple national programs via CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, FOX News, the Hallmark Channel and E!, including ìGood Morning America,î ìLarry King Live,î ìFox & Friends,î ìHuckabee,î ìCBS Sunday Morning,î ìThe Tonight Show with Jay Lenoî and more. Chapman and his wife Mary Beth created Show HOPE in 2001 after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministryís goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to more than 3,350 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world.

About World Vision:
World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Serving close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world (including the U.S.), it is World Vision's goal to work with a community and help it to become self-sustainable through programs promoting health, nutrition, sanitation, education and economic development.

About 12 Gifts:
12 Gifts produces premier family entertainment experiences and events in arenas nationwide. Utilizing world-class artists, speakers and other performers, 12 Gifts provides families the opportunity to escape the every day and be amazed and inspired through stories, songs and magic. Each event is filled with laughter, wonder and an invitation for families to see and celebrate the gifts in life.

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